PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md. (DC News Now) — Police said they detained two students after a fight that led to a stabbing at Accokeek Academy Friday morning.

The Prince George’s County Police Department said it received word of a fight involving a group of students at the school, located at 14400 Berry Rd. in Accokeek, around 8:45 a.m. The fight took place outside of the school building.

A video of the fight circulated amongst students. The video shows a fight between two boys, and a girl jumps in. Later you see one boy stab the other, he then attempts to stab him in again and all the students run away. The injuries to the student who was hurt weren’t considered life-threatening.

“I’ve never heard about something like that at school, and when I walked in there they were on lock down talking about someone had got stabbed and that’s when the video started going around the school. And people started crying and talking about it, everyone was going home nobody was in the school,” said Jae’lah Elder, a student at Accokeek Academy.

Parents and guardians were surprised when they heard what took place. Ray Hubbard’s nephews and granddaughter attend Accokeek Academy, he says he never imagined anything like this happening at the school.

“This is a really good school and when we first pulled up saw the police and the ambulance it was very, very scary situation,” he said.

Hubbard is also the owner Elder’s Childcare in Oxon Hill, he works with children all the time. He says situations like this encourage him to ensure his facility is safe at all times.

Some parents picked up their students early, while others stayed in communication throughout the day. Many agree the school handled the situation in an appropriate manner but they also say an end to violent fights like this at school begins at home.

“”You need to talk to the families bring them together and see what they’re doing at home to counsel their children about life and about crime period and about having to pay the price. You need to do that. Get them to understand it’s not going to be a joy ride, And you’re going to pay the price here or later,” said Lydia Jones, a grandparent to a student at Accokeek Academy.

“It really starts at home, I feel like if the parents are home and try to raise their kids a little bit better and try to spend more time with them things like this wouldn’t happen,” said Hubbard.

The school’s principal, Dr. Judy Adams, sent the following message to the Accokeek Academy community:

Dear Families,

I am writing to inform you about a serious incident at Accokeek Academy this morning.

During a physical altercation among students while exiting the bus, one student was stabbed outside the school by another youth and taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The school was placed on immediate lockdown for about an hour. Students remained in their classrooms and instruction continued during this time. No other students or staff were injured during the incident.

Immediate action was taken by school administrators and local law enforcement to investigate. The students involved will be disciplined in accordance with Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) policies.

Professional School Counselors and psychologists are available to assist any student. There is a large police presence at the school while the investigation continues. Please note that students are safe inside the building and we will follow normal dismissal procedures.

The safety of our students is our top priority. Like all of you, | am shocked and saddened by this incident. We encourage you to speak with your child and seek assistance from our counselors
and psychologists as needed. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact
301-203-3200 or judy.adams@pgeps.org.

Thank you for your continued support.